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One year on: what do Myanmar’s people think of Suu Kyi

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:21:51 +08:00

YANGON: One year after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century, opinions are mixed on its performanceAung San Suu Kyi. -Reuters filepic


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Top Tibetan lama abandons monkhood to marry old friend

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:46:24 +08:00

NEW DELHI: A senior Tibetan lama at the centre of a long-running row over one of Buddhism’s most important titles has abandoned the monkhood altogether after marrying a childhood friend in India, his office said Thursday.Senior Tibetan lama Thaye Dorje (C) has claimed to be the reincarnation of the Karmapa Lama since childhood.-AFP


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Amnesty slams ‘outrageous’ Fiji newspaper sedition case

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:14:25 +08:00

SUVA, FIJI: Sedition charges brought against executives at Fiji’s oldest newspaper are “absolutely outrageous”, Amnesty International said Thursday, while accusing the government of trying to intimidate the media.



South Korea media slam govt over ferry ‘remains’

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Seoul: South Korean authorities faced a deluge of criticism for announcing that human remains had been found from the sunken Sewol ferry, only to correct themselves within hours to say they were animal bones.False hopes: South Korean newspapers carrying front-page stories about bone fragments found from the sunken Sewol ferry in Seoul. — AFP


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Illegal deliveryman now China’s fourth richest man

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Beijing: From making illegal cross-border deliveries to China in a minivan to buying a fleet of Boeing aircraft, the boss of SF Express has ridden a wave of online shopping to become one of the country’s richest men.Swift service: An SF Express courier delivery rider sorting packages in the back of his tricycle on a sidewalk in Beijing. — AFP


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‘Keep Chinese safe in France’

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Beijing: The Foreign Ministry has held an urgent meeting with officials of the French embassy in Beijing over the death of a Chinese man in Paris, and called for Chinese people in France who express their demands to do so in a reasonable and legal manner.Fiery protest: Fireworks being shot at police during a protest in front of the police headquarters in the 19th municipal district of Paris following the death of the Chinese national. — AFP


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‘Pink Star’ diamond set to fetch record price

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +08:00

Hong Kong: A plum-sized pink diamond is expected to break the world record for a gemstone early next month when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s auction house said.



Bangladesh storm Islamist hideout, find up to eight bodies

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:52:39 +08:00

Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh security forces found the scattered remains of up to eight people, including women and possibly children, in a "horrific scene" when they stormed an Islamist hideout on Thursday, police said.Bangladesh commandos take part in an operation against an Islamist hideout in Sylhet on March 25, 2017. Security forces found the scattered body parts of up to eight people when they stormed another Islamist hideout in the northeast.-AFP


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Thai Red Bull heir snubs hit-and-run case... again

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:43:17 +08:00

Bangkok (AFP) - The heir to the Red Bull billions on Thursday again snubbed Thai prosecutors over a five-year-old hit-and-run incident that killed a policeman, the latest delay to a case that has become a byword for impunity enjoyed by the country's rich.The heir to the Red Bull billions has again snubbed Thai prosecutors over a five-year-old hit-and-run incident in downtown Bangkok that killed a policeman, the latest delay to a case that has become a byword for impunity enjoyed by the country's rich.-AFP


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Bollywood film spotlights youngest girl to conquer Everest

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:33:06 +08:00

Mumbai, March 30, 2017 (AFP) - A Bollywood film hitting Indian cinemas on Friday tells the inspirational story of a tribal girl from rural India who became the youngest woman to summit Mount Everest.Indian mountaineer Poorna Malavath attends the screening of upcoming Hindi film ‘Poorna’ in Mumbai on March 27, 2017. - AFP PHOTO


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